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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

IN a week where it seemed awards cer­e­monies were tak­ing over the world, the Aus­tralian Record­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion slipped out a mod­est press re­lease say­ing the count­down to this year’s mu­sic in­dus­try gala, the ARIA Awards, had be­gun. On Wed­nes­day the nom­i­nees will be an­nounced for this year’s event, to be held at Sydney En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Novem­ber 29. To start us off, the win­ners of the ar­ti­san awards will also be named at Wed­nes­day’s do at the Art Gallery of NSW. Among the lead­ing con­tenders are Wally de Backer, bet­ter known as Go­tye, and his dad Frank de Backer, who are nom­i­nated jointly in the best cover art cat­e­gory for Go­tye’s al­bum The same al­bum’s en­gi­neer, Fran­cois Te­taz, is also up for a tro­phy. Keen to ramp up the ARIA ex­pe­ri­ence, we can also ex­pect an an­nounce­ment in the next week or so re­gard­ing ARIA Week. Yes, ARIA WEEK. I’m as­sured this won’t in­volve prizewin­ners in the lower ranks re­ceiv­ing their tro­phies in front of a hand­ful of drenched fans in Sydney’s Do­main, as hap­pened in 2010. No, this ARIA Week will be a much more in­dus­try-based event, with con­fer­ences and show­case per­for­mances part of the brief in the lead-up to the big one. AS to the events of this week, Prince must have been over the moon to get his first Help­mann award for best in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary concert. I won­der if it was for the one where ev­ery­body left the au­di­to­rium be­cause they thought he wasn’t com­ing back for an en­core af­ter sit­ting in the dark for 15 min­utes. AU­TO­BI­OGRA­PHIES have been ar­riv­ing on the SD desk with dis­turb­ing reg­u­lar­ity dur­ing the past few weeks, among them the take-no­pris­on­ers, tell-it-like-it-was con­fes­sion­als of coun­try leg­end Kenny Rogers and Du­ran Du­ran’s bassist John Tay­lor. Rogers’s mem­oir,

charts the singer’s jour­ney from Hous­ton, Texas, through years pay­ing his dues on the road to be­com­ing one of the wealth­i­est en­ter­tain­ers on the planet, a trip un­der­taken for the most part with im­mac­u­late hair. It has some good yarns and some great lines in­clud­ing ‘‘that I love be­ing mar­ried should be ob­vi­ous by now given how many times I’ve tried it’’. I’m sure I’ve heard that in a song some­where. Tay­lor’s, as you’d ex­pect, is a bit more rock ’n’ roll, tak­ing in the band’s pop­u­lar­ity with roy­alty and his in­dul­gences on the pe­riph­ery of pop star­dom, al­though it has to be said that hair prod­ucts fea­ture promi­nently too. One won­ders if the two men ever crossed paths and per­haps swapped notes on groom­ing. Haven’t found ev­i­dence of such in ei­ther book so far. WHILE we’re speak­ing of au­to­bi­ogra­phies, hotly an­tic­i­pated is the up­com­ing tome of Neil Young, which he claims is more of a di­ary than a mem­oir. That one’s due any day, to be fol­lowed by his next al­bum,

at the end of Oc­to­ber. IT has taken 49 years for English rock band the Pretty Things to make their way to Aus­tralia, but that is what they are do­ing in De­cem­ber. The group, which had their big­gest hit with

in 1964, were revered in their na­tive land in the 1960s. David Bowie cov­ered two of their songs on his 1973

al­bum. They al­most made it to Aus­tralia in 1965 but were de­ported from New Zealand and went home af­ter an in­ci­dent on a plane, when their drum­mer set fire to a dead fish in a bag while at 30,000 feet. Rock ’n’ roll.

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